Donetsk, Oct 2 – DAN. The turnout in the DPR primaries amounted to 350 thousand people as of 6 p.m, the Interim Vote Commission (IVC) informed.

"According to the latest information from polling stations commissions 343,907 voters participated in the primaries. There are no violations registered, no incidents were reported either," IVC press officer Oleg Balykin said.

Earlier he reported 290 thousand of voters as of 3 p.m. Polling stations in Donetsk and its suburbs close at 8 p.m. The vote is monitored by 1043 candidates observers and 22 international observers from Finland, Greece, Germany, Italy, South Ossetia, France, Czech Republic, Serbia and other countries.

A record of more than one thousand candidates are vying for the seats in local authorities bodies. Five of them are running for Donetsk mayor, 141 – for city council, and the rest for local offices. The voting is to continue until 8 p.m.

The primaries, that are preliminary in nature, are aimed solely at exploring public opinion. They are held before anticipated local elections in Donbass in compliance with Minsk Agreements. The vote is being organized in line with OSCE standards.